Passengers at cruise ship docked in Honolulu to disembark, leave on planes

Passengers aboard cruise ship with mechanical problems set to disembark in Honolulu

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some 2,000 passengers and crew members are disembarking Monday from the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship docked in Honolulu.

Cruise ships in Hawaii are supposed to be on a 30-day pause in operations due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the approval for the passengers to disembark was given because the ship was experiencing mechanical issues.

All passengers will remain on board until approximately three hours before their charter flight. They will be screened, then taken to the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

The plan is to have every person screened.

Nurses and other crew on board are screening passengers and they will get screened again with thermal scanners.

Paramedics, nurses and airport medical team screened the passengers as they got off the ship.

If they are symptomatic, they were to undergo additional screening.

Flights are scheduled to take passengers to spots around the globe, including Australia, Germany, Spain, England, Canada and across the United States.

Norwegian Cruise Line is paying for chartered planes to various locations.

Neighbor Island residents will also be on their own chartered flights, but will have to do a 14-day quarantine, as well as Oahu residents.

There are 25 Hawaii residents total on board the cruise ship.

The roughly 1,000 crew members will remain on the ship.

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